Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Windows (2003)

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Spaceforce: Rogue Universe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe is space simulation in which the player has to make a living in space. Like other games...

Space Hunter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

There is no food left on earth, and none of the previous expeditions into space have retrieved any, perhaps due...

Space Interceptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

You take the role of an spaceship pilot set in the 3rd millennium. Your mission is to work for a...

Space M+A+X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986) and Amiga (1992)

Space M+A+X is a strategy game in which the player constructs and manages a commercial space station; similar to Project:...

Space Raiders Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Space Raiders is an early Star Raiders clone. You begin the game viewing a map of the galaxy, which shows...

Space Rogue DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), Apple II (1989), Macintosh (1989), PC-98 (1990), FM Towns (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

The Princess Blue was a trading vessel. While cruising through space, it happened upon a derelict ship floating in space....

Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983), Apple II (1985), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Space Shuttle is a simulation game where you are the pilot of space shuttle Discovery. Your goal is to launch...

Windows (2007)

Space Shuttle Mission 2007 is a realistic space shuttle simulator. The player has to complete various missions by going through...

Space Sirens 2: Megababes from Ajia Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Space Sirens 2: Megababes from Ajia is an interactive adult title completely told from a first-person perspective. The many adult...

Space Spartans Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Like the ancient Spartans that fought (and won) the Persian army in the battle of the Thermopylae, you are the...

SpaceStationSim Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Space Station Sim is a simulation game set on the International Space Station. The player takes on the role of...

Space Station Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Space Station Simulator is a single player educational title.With this product the player can build their own space station using...

J2ME (2003)

Space Taxi Pinball is a top-down pinball game based on taxi services in outer space. By aiming the ball with...

Space Trader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Space Trader is easy to learn, but a challenge to master. Your goal is to make as much money as...

Space Trader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Palm OS (2000)

Space Trader as the name implies is about trading products in space. It involves a turn-based system where fuel is...

Apple II (1982)

In Space Vikings the player flies a space craft with the ability to shoot at other ships. The goal of...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Spacewar is an unlicensed simulation game that takes place in the Star Wars universe. The player takes control of Han...

Amiga (1989)

In this Amiga take on the classic vector game, two ships are controlled by two players, flying around a sun,...

Spaceward Ho! IV Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Spaceward Ho! IV is an updated version of the classic spaceploitation strategy game. A host of new features are added...

Browser (1998)

Spades is based on the 4-player card game with the same name which gained popularity in the middle of the...

Spartan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Spartan is an empire building Turn Based Strategy game. While the Spartans were known for their strength in combat, the...

Spearhead Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This is a tank combat simulation from the makers of iM1A2 Abrams focusing more on arcade action than simulation.The premise...

The Speccy CD 1996: 1997 Version Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Amiga (1996)

The Speccy CD 1996: 1997 Version is a compilation of games for the Spectrum and the Commodore. It claims to...

Special Edition Fly! 2K Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Special Edition Fly! 2K is a fully featured version of Fly! 2K but with only the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and...

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